It has been a rough week. After completing my blog post declaring that I had completed my challenge to get under 200 pounds, I became sick with my second cold / flu bug in two months. Instead of moving directly into my next challenge to drop my weight to 185, I have only been back to the gym once since I published my post.

I can’t say that this lay-off has been all bad. I have not broken from my new dietary rules (the sick to my stomach feeling has helped with that), and I have had more time to think about what else I want to include in the second phase of my challenge to myself to regain my fitness. Aside from wanting to get my weight down to 185 pounds, my mind keeps coming back to one thing. The poster below sums it up perfectly for a movie buff like me.


I have been getting the urge to lower my pace per mile further and to finally step to the starting line at a race. Since my last race was a marathon in October, I am going to start my racing goals with a 5k. I have not settled on wich 5k yet. I imagine, I will want about one more month to prepare myself to actually race. I will need to alter my workouts some and will need to add a true tempo run at least once a week to my routine. My goal, as of right now, for my first 5k back will be to run a time just under 22 minutes. I considered 21 minutes, but that felt too aggressive for where I am coming from. All in all, I am excited to toe the line in a race soon.

mr bean

So as I move into the next phase of my fitness challenge to myself so far I have two items on the list, and for good measure, I am going to add a third. The items for this part of my challenge are bulleted below.

  • Get my weight down to 185 pounds (currently 199.4)
  • Run a 5k under 22 minutes
  • Run my first half marathon of the year 

The deadline I have set for the items above is May 31st. I may need to run more than one 5k to hit my goal but I am excited to try running at a faster pace again. I look forward to posting about my progress in my weekly accountability reports. So here I go. Game on! Or as Barney Stinson would say… 🙂






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Amber @ fit foodie runs · March 27, 2014 at 6:59 pm

Awesome challenge! I’m recovering from a chest cold of two weeks with no running so I understand! Good luck reaching your goals 🙂

    nickbernard110 · March 27, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Thank you Amber!

Michele @apaceofbalance · March 27, 2014 at 7:07 pm

I think you will find that once you add speed work in, the weight will come off. It’s like a jump start to your metabolism. Love the Barney reference. Series finale next week! So sad 🙁

    nickbernard110 · March 27, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Thanks for your comment Michelle. I am sad about the end of the show next week too. This weeks episode was really good.

    As for the speed work, I know it will help. I also know it will hurt. 🙂 Gotta go through the tough stuff to achieve goals though.

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